May 15, 2011 12:02pm
Re: Where do Today's Heads Go outdoors?
And, “where” do Today’s Calif Heads go for their fix - from The Great Outdoors? How, when, where, or “do they” enjoy our Mother Nature anymore these days?In a related story: 70 Calif. parks targeted to be closed because of budget cuts.To help cut California's multibillion-dollar deficit, Gov. Jerry Brown plans to close 70 state parks, beaches and historical sites and reduce services at those that stay open. Never before in the Golden State's history have parks been closed because of budget problems. Parks across California, including the governor's mansion and at least 14 sites within an hour of San Francisco, will close starting in September, state parks officials announced Friday.
Redwood forests, beaches, coastal woodlands and some of the state's most important cultural and historic sites will be closed. As many as 220 jobs will be eliminated as a result of the state budget cuts recently signed by Gov. Jerry Brown. Among the popular Bay Area sites that will be closed to the public are China Camp and Samuel P. Taylor state parks, Candlestick Point State Recreation Area and Jack London State Historic Park.
"This is a pretty devastating list," said Elizabeth Goldstein, executive director of the California State Parks Foundation. "It represents 25 percent of the park system and, for the Bay Area, it's a big hit."
The state park system was already in terrible shape before the March budget cuts. About $75 million has been cut out of the parks budget over the past decade. Deficits forced partial closure of 60 parks and deep service reductions in 90 others over the past two years.
Of the 278 parks in the state, 150 have already been affected by budget cuts, including reductions in the number of rangers, lifeguards and janitors. Restrooms, campgrounds, picnic areas and parking lots have been shuttered.
Park staffing is currently at 1979 levels, but the park system has 500,000 more acres and 10 million more visitors a year than it had back then, park officials said. The latest cut would mean the park general fund has been reduced 44 percent since 2006.
Peter Fimrite,Wyatt Buchanan - San Francisco Chronicle Staff Writers
Saturday, May 14, 2011
To my casual observation, Calif Voters have chosen their futures, and they are embracing it. They’ve made the decision to be building and operating more “bigger and better” Prisons in California. The Game is Over in California! Building more prisons in Calif, and at the same time - cutting back on Education and closing down State Parks - doesn’t leave very much room for yesterday’s and today’s “Heads” to be letting down their hair and getting their fix from Mother Nature. I am ashamed of myself for bringing Heads this horrible news. Doesn’t anybody give a shit? Geeezzz!!! WTF!
How many Calif State Park Gigs did the Grateful Dead play at? Weren’t some of these Park Venues from GD’s famous Free Benefit show gigs? Isn’t it true - for some of GD’s outdoors free benefit shows - decisions to play some of them were made at the last moment? Where would they play them today?
"We regret closing any park, but with the proposed budget reductions over the next two years, we can no longer afford to operate all parks within the system," said Ruth Coleman, director of California State Parks.
Disclosures & Disclaimers - Monte is a Trail Grub!
This post was modified by dead-head_Monte on 2011-05-15 19:02:19